This post is about 3 days late, but I’ve completed my practice “warm-up” minis and I’m ready to start work on Pinnacle’s excellent 12 Last Parsec minis
The are two minis that are the same. The lady with the broom in Pic #3. One is metal, one is reaper bones. I painted them both as an experiment for reaper bones. I wasn’t disappointed. The cost difference is well worth the slight degradation (and even less apparently once painted) in sharpness.
I’ve been too busy working on our new (for us) house (hence the lack of posts too!) and just a couple weeks go I finished my study. What does this mean? I get to start painting minis again! 😀
I’m way out of practice, but these speed paints of some role playing miniatures for my Savage Worlds games are any indication, I’ll be doing well enough when I get around to painting the models I’ll need for Chupacabracon in May. The game will be a custom one-shot of The Last Parsec based (very, as I don’t recall seeing anything other than the trailer) loosely on the movie Deep Rising (1998).
I’ll add more info and post pics of the Last Parsec Minis as I start on them this weekend or early next week.
But for now here’s some work-in-progress pics of my Ral Partha minis:
Yeowsers. When it goes down, it goes down fast! I knew it was coming a few months ago so I purchased a spare hard drive to archive/install to.
Took about two and a half hours to recover my apps, data and settings and lost only one of my virtual machines (Windows Vista, for IE9 testing) and a few other Apps that I decided to just reinstall from the App Store, but I’m back up and going with all my old settings even without using Time Machine as my backup source.
Well played, Apple. Well played. Now to use Disk Utility to do a partition copy of my Windows Boot Camp to the new hard drive–we’ll see how that goes 😉
This won’t be playing at any theatre that’s local, but this is a highly anticipated indie film I’ve been keeping an eye on. The team that’s producing is well known for not taking itself too seriously. It should be a blast!
I’ve read the books, and I’ve watched the films, and although Kristen Stewart’s acting drives me freaking nuts in this series (Please please look at their face, not their chin!!! — and yes I know she’s in Snow White and the Huntsman), I’ll deal with it one last time. Hey maybe now that’s she’s a (sparkly) vampire she’ll not be such a weenie.
I know this post only has a LITTLE to do with BattleTech, but I’m putting it here because it was a BattleTech project that peaked my interest.
As I’m working on my modular table, I’m working on the mathematical anatomy of a hexagon. I’ve noticed several things with my 2″ Hexagon grid:
First thing I did is that I drew lines across my Hex Grid at the angles of the hexagons themselves.
When I put the lines down and made sure they were all “pretty close’, I noticed that of my 2″ hexagons, it was 7 hexes from flat to flat. Then I also noticed for the first time, that a Hexagon is actually 6 equilateral triangles. I also measured the side and it was about 8” I knew this was wrong as I wouldn’t think it would be that easy. So I was ready for some math:
When I split one of the equilateral triangles in half I get a right triangle:
The Three Angles are 30, 60 and 90 degrees
One of the sides is 7″ (the long edge along the right triangle).
Knowing what I know of geometry I knew since one of the angles was double that of the other angle, then one side would be exactly double (or half) of the other angle.
There were two ways to do this:
Pythagorean theorem: x squared + one half x squared = 7 squared.
Trig: cos 30 deg = 7in divided by the adjacent (0.866025403784439 = 7 /x | 0.123717914826348 = 1/x || x = 8.08290376865476)
I like the trig way better, as it’s easier with a calculator.
So for a 14″ face to face hex each side will be 8.08290376865476 and the radius of an inscribed circle will also be 8.08290376865476
So here’s the anatomy of a hexagon:
So a Hex (by definition) is:
Six equilateral triangles with their points intersecting at the middle
A side of a Hex is 0.577350269189626 that of the face-to face width
the point to point length of a hex is 1.154700538379251 that of the face to face width
So instead of immediately shelling out $100 to see the doctor and prescrips I’m going to try a popular home remedy.
This is the generic brand of Apple Cider Vinegar at our local “ghetto” food market “King’s” (I’m not afraid of poor people, I AM ONE).
I’ll be taking a tablespoon in my water over the next few days to see how it goes. If I’m not seeing an improvement by Sunday I’ll bite the bullet and see the doctor (this is a US$1.29 cure, by the way).
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